Dancetime ! 500 Years of Social Dance, Vol. 2
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DANCETIME DVD! 500 Years of Social Dance, Volume II, has greatly expanded the content of the popular video (DANCETIME! 500 Years of Social Dance, Volume II). It features the social dances, music, and fashions of Western culture PLUS over 193 instructional dance documents and 221 film references, with 20th century historical timelines. The extraordinary innovation, allows the viewers to see the synchronized dance performance and educational text simultaneously or separately. Volume II explores the 20th Century American dance panorama: a nonstop explosion of multicultural dance fads.
Entertainment and Education are blended with great style in a new two-volume video. 'DANCETIME 500 Years of Social Dance' which takes us from Renaissance Court Dances to 1990s rap and MTV styles...each of the social dances has been scrupulously researched but there is nothing stuffy about the presentation. The wonderful performers race us through 500 years of changes in the ways that people have related to each other on the dance floor. Helpful subtitles give us background on what we are seeing, but most viewers will probably be too busy watching the highly skilled dancers to read the titles during a first viewing. --Connecticut Post
Performed beautifully by the Dance Through Time dancers, each of these 45 minute DVDs span the entire recorded span and spectrum of Western dance Taken together, these two superbly produced, performed, presented, and recorded DVDs comprise a complete course in Western dance and would be a welcome addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library collections. --Library Bookwatch
Stepping through history, choreographer and dance historian Carol Teten has assembled a video set, 'DANCETIME! 500 Years of Social Dance.' Over the years, the group from Kentfield, Calif. has toured regularly throughout the United States. For these videos, it weaves together 38 dances with interesting costumes and delightful musical selections as well as facts to please those who enjoy information concerning history, social studies, cultures, and costumes, as well as dance and music. --The Washington Post
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A relative in back in my former hometown tells me that these tapes are so popular in New York Public Libraries that there is a long waiting list for them and you cannot renew them after you keep them for a week. But now these two wonderful sets are out on DVD and have all sorts of extra features not found on the tapes.
For starters, you can simply play them through and let the frequent short subtitles keep you up on what is being danced. Or you can play them with a text superimposed over the picture. Or you can play only the text and the sound without the picture. But in those last two cases, keep your finger on the Pause button, because the text remains on the screen only as long as the dance does and you will never be able to read it all at that pace. There are also two or three CD-ROM features of historical interest, such as time-lines.
The dancers are all young and personable, and they make it all look so easy. Some of the narration is drowned out by the music but not very often. My senior citizen groups especially love watching the dances of the early 20th century.
Very highly recommended.
I had such a good time seeing the dances that my parents and grandparents did. They are lively, sexy, and spontaneous. When I saw the dances of my own youth, I re-experienced many wonderful memories. This volume was fun to observe from beginning to end. The DVD contains background information, which is worth keeping for its encyclopedic content.